Laura Shoe

Jan 022016
Lightroom-copyright-metadata-presetI recommend adding copyright and contact information to your photos as you import them into Lightroom, so that when you share photos with the outside world, this data automatically tags along with them and people can get in touch with you if they come across your photos and want to use them. For photos already in Lightroom, it’s not too late — you can also add this information in the Library module.

In this video tutorial, I show you how to:

  • Create and update a copyright and contact information “metadata preset”
  • Apply your preset to photos as you import them
  • View copyright and contact information for your photos using the Metadata panel in the Library module
  • Apply your preset to any selected photos in the Library module.

Note that this copyright and contact information tags along with your photos in the file properties data — it is not written across your photos. To write information onto your photos themselves, use the Watermarking functionality in the Export dialog.

(For highest resolution viewing, after hitting Play, click on the sprocket wheel (Youtube Sprocket Wheel) in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.)

For those of you who prefer written instructions rather than watching a video, here’s an article from a couple years ago explaining how to create and apply a copyright metadata preset.

Once you export a copy of your photo, here’s how you can verify that the copyright information is there: on a PC in Windows Explorer / My Computer right-click on the photo and choose Properties. You’ll find the information on the Details tab. On a Mac, in Finder right-click on your photo and choose Get Info.

Related Post: Video Tutorial on Watermarking Photos

Dec 292015

Thank you for making this a great year here on this Lightroom blog! Readers from 219 countries visited. Check out these posts that were the most-read this year:

most popular lightroom articles

  1. Which Should I Buy, Lightroom CC 2015 or Lightroom 6?

  2. Shooting in Raw + JPEG Mode: Why Most of Us Shouldn’t, And How to Set Lightroom Preferences If You Do

  3. 8 bit, 12 bit, 14 bit, 16 bit — What Does It Really Mean to Digital Photographers?

  4. When Panels, Modules, Tools and More Go Missing in Lightroom

  5. Why do I see my images change after they are imported into Lightroom?

Some of these have been in the top five for several years.

Dec 172015

Lightroom mobile 2.1 for iOSLightroom mobile 2.1 for iPhone and iPad users is now available. Here’s are the major features included in the update:

  • The point curve has been added to the Adjust section, for precise control over brightness, darkness, and color cast of ranges of tones in your photos.
  • Split toning has been added to the Adjust section, to add color casts to your black and white and color photos.
  • A set of five live presets have been added to the camera.  They are non-destructive, so you can adjust or remove them after shooting, if you wish. Available for iPhone 5s and later, and iPad Air and later.
  • iPad Pro support: native resolution
  • iOS9 iPad multitasking features: slide over and split view enabled
  • 3D Touch support (iPhone 6s/6s Plus only): 3D touch from the home screen to select the camera, 3D touch in Grid view to see a preview of an image
  • Improved ability to add the same photo to multiple collections easier (no more warning at import that a photo is already in a collection)
  • The camera can now be added to the iPad or iPhone Notification Center, so that you can access it a little bit more quickly.

The most powerful feature of Lightroom mobile, available to Creative Cloud subscribers, is the ability to sync collections of photos and editing work to and from your mobile device and Lightroom on your Desktop. However, anyone with an iPhone or iPad can use the free Lightroom mobile app to capture, edit and share photos, so anyone (with iOS 8.1 or later) can take advantage of these updates.

To update to Lightroom mobile 2.1, on the Updates tab in the iOS App Store, find Lightroom mobile and tap on Update. To download this free app for the first time, search for Lightroom mobile in the App Store.

Accessing the Point Curve

On the Adjust tab, tap on the lens icon, then on Tone Curve, then on Mode. Choose Point-RGB to affect brightness and darkness. Choose Point-Blue, -Green or -Red to affect color cast. Tap on the curve to add a point, and drag up or down. Here’s an article that explains what the tone curve is.


Lightroom mobile point curve


Accessing Split Toning

On the Adjust tab, tap on the lens icon and choose Split Toning. Continue reading »

Nov 172015

Lightroom 6.3 UpdateAdobe this morning released Lightroom 6.3 (and CC 2015.3 for subscribers – referred to as 6.3 in this article). In addition to the typical new camera support, lens profiles, tethering support and bug fixes, Lightroom 6.3 has reverted to the import dialog that we had up through Lightroom 6.1.1.  In 6.2 released October 5, Adobe introduced a redesigned import process, but the uproar over removed features and stability issues led Adobe to reverse course. While we all would have preferred to not have gone through the tumultuous 6.2 experience, I appreciate that Adobe listened to user feedback, issued an apology, and quickly changed course.

If you need to learn how to use this reintroduced import dialog, watch my quick basic video on importing over at, or my comprehensive import videos (recorded with Lightroom 5, but still applicable.) Continue reading »

Oct 162015

Tom Hogarty of Adobe announced tonight that in the next Lightroom 6 “dot” release (i.e. 6.3 & CC 2015.3), they will revert back to the old import dialog. The streamlined import process introduced in 6.2 suffered from stability issues, and drew consternation from Lightroom users (including myself) upset about many features that were removed.  Timing of the 6.3 release is still to be determined.

Tom went on to say that they “will continue to investigate ways to improve the ease of use of our photography products and will do so via an open dialog, with both existing and new customers.” I am hopeful that with this open dialog, Lightroom will continue to evolve with the needs of both new and experienced users in mind. While it has been a rough couple of weeks for the Adobe team and for the Lightroom user community, I very much appreciate that we have had nine years of great product updates and improvements from the Lightroom team.

Read Tom’s announcement

If you want to revert back to the old import process now, you can roll back to Lightroom 6.1.1.

If you hadn’t heard about the new process introduced in 6.2, you can read about it here. 

Oct 102015

In a post on the Adobe Lightroom Journal blog, Tom Hogarty, Senior Product Manager for photography products, apologized on Friday for the quality of Monday’s Lightroom 6.2 and CC 2015.2 releases. He acknowledges first that it was a mistake to ship the product before resolving the crash bug.

In terms of why they made the Import redesign choices they did, he indicated, “The import experience in Lightroom is daunting.  It’s a step that every customer must successfully take in order to use the product and overwhelming customers with every option in a single screen was not a tenable path forward.  We made decisions on sensible defaults and placed many of the controls behind a settings panel.  At the same time we removed some of our very low usage features to further reduce complexity and improve quality.”

Continue reading »

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